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  • Date:22 May 2011
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Craven Cottage
  • Attendance:25,674
  • Sidwell (25) Zamora (56)
  • van Persie (28)
    Walcott (88)
Goal!

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91:43 +1.43

Effort from the edge of the area by Andrey Arshavin goes wide of the right-hand post.

90:30 +0.30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dickson Etuhu on Jack Wilshere. Andrey Arshavin delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Mark Schwarzer makes a comfortable save.

88:58

Theo Walcott fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 2-2 Arsenal.Thomas Vermaelen provided the assist for the goal.

85:41

Theo Walcott produces a cross.

83:41

Close range header by Thomas Vermaelen goes wide of the left-hand upright.

83:10

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.

82:45

A cross is delivered by Simon Davies, Emmanuel Eboue manages to make a clearance.

81:23

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Andrew Johnson, free kick awarded. Steve Sidwell takes the free kick.

80:47

Shot by Andrey Arshavin from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

80:00

Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Dickson Etuhu.

79:18

The ball is swung over by Emmanuel Eboue, Mark Schwarzer makes a comfortable save.

79:00

Steve Sidwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie. Direct free kick taken by Emmanuel Eboue.

77:03

The assistant referee flags for offside against Robin van Persie. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.

76:21

Steve Sidwell shown a yellow card.

76:17

Steve Sidwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Marouane Chamakh. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Andrey Arshavin from left wing, Dickson Etuhu manages to make a clearance.

73:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen by Zoltan Gera. The referee shows Zoltan Gera a red card. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

72:46

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Brede Hangeland misses to the left of the goal.

72:33

Andrew Johnson crosses the ball, Thomas Vermaelen gets a block in.

70:13

Zoltan Gera joins the action as a substitute, replacing Bobby Zamora.

70:06

Steve Sidwell produces a cross.

68:12

Simon Davies produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

63:41

Theo Walcott on for Aaron Ramsey. Emmanuel Eboue joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kieran Gibbs. Vassiriki Diaby goes off and Andrey Arshavin comes on. Jonathan Greening leaves the field to be replaced by Simon Davies. (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Dickson Etuhu coming on for Danny Murphy.

63:26

Bacary Sagna produces a cross, Robin van Persie has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

61:55

Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Wojciech Szczesny.

61:33

The ball is swung over by Robin van Persie, save by Mark Schwarzer.

60:45

The referee blows for offside. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.

60:22

Bobby Zamora takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a comfortable save.

59:17

Foul by Vassiriki Diaby on Bobby Zamora, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

58:00

Marouane Chamakh fouled by Philippe Senderos, the ref awards a free kick. Samir Nasri restarts play with the free kick.

57:31

Andrew Johnson has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

55:58

Centre by Jonathan Greening, Bobby Zamora finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Fulham 2-1 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Jonathan Greening.

53:58

Jonathan Greening concedes a free kick for a foul on Samir Nasri. Jonathan Greening receives a yellow card. Robin van Persie produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

52:40

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jonathan Greening, Vassiriki Diaby manages to make a clearance.

52:26

Centre by Steve Sidwell, clearance by Johan Djourou.

51:37

Corner taken by Samir Nasri played to the near post, clearance made by Bobby Zamora.

50:21

Clint Dempsey challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Samir Nasri produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Mark Schwarzer.

48:27

Caution for Robin van Persie.

47:18

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening from the left by-line, The ball is swung over by Matthew Briggs.

46:32

Aaron Hughes is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

45:11 +0.11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen by Bobby Zamora. Thomas Vermaelen restarts play with the free kick.

45:02 +0.02

The ball is delivered by Bacary Sagna, comfortable save by Mark Schwarzer.

43:02

The assistant referee flags for offside against Bobby Zamora. Johan Djourou restarts play with the free kick.

39:26

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Steve Sidwell manages to make a clearance.

39:13

A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna, clearance by Brede Hangeland.

38:03

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening from the right by-line.

37:31

Danny Murphy takes a shot. Thomas Vermaelen gets a block in.

36:19

Aaron Ramsey crosses the ball, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.

33:22

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Greening from the left by-line, Marouane Chamakh manages to make a clearance.

32:49

Johan Djourou gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora. Jonathan Greening takes the direct free kick.

32:38

The ball is delivered by Bacary Sagna, Steve Sidwell manages to make a clearance.

32:26

The ball is swung over by Bacary Sagna, clearance by Aaron Hughes.

32:04

Kieran Gibbs delivers the ball, Philippe Senderos makes a clearance.

28:49

Robin van Persie grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 1-1 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Vassiriki Diaby.

27:20

Bobby Zamora produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

25:14

Steve Sidwell grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 1-0 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Bobby Zamora.

23:02

Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.

22:37

Kieran Gibbs crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Marouane Chamakh misses to the left of the goal.

21:22

Andrew Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen. Johan Djourou takes the free kick.

18:50

Foul by Marouane Chamakh on Danny Murphy, free kick awarded. Steve Sidwell takes the indirect free kick.

17:46

The ball is delivered by Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.

17:36

The ball is sent over by Kieran Gibbs.

15:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by Johan Djourou. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

13:29

Andrew Johnson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

11:38

Clint Dempsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere. Free kick crossed by Samir Nasri.

11:28

The ball is sent over by Samir Nasri, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.

8:31

Jack Wilshere sends in a cross, Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.

6:20

Philippe Senderos challenges Robin van Persie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Johan Djourou.

4:27

Robin van Persie is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

0:49

Andrew Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johan Djourou. Free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.

Centre by Bobby Zamora.

The ball is crossed by Aaron Hughes.

Match Preview

Hughes seeks European boost in window Fulham manager Mark Hughes believes qualification for next season's Europa League could help the Cottagers in the long run by helping them accrue higher quality players this summer. The west London outfit are in contention for an unlikely place in the competition via the Fair Play system after England received an extra berth for finishing in the top three of the Respect Fair Play League. Fulham look the most likely beneficiaries as they are in second spot in the Barclays Premier League's fair play table behind Chelsea, who have already qualified for the Champions League, with one match remaining. The Cottagers - who host Arsenal on Sunday - reached the final of the Europa League last season under Roy Hodgson and current incumbent Hughes believes it can have a positive impact on the club's recruitment policy. "Obviously the attraction if you are in the market for players from other leagues in Europe and around the world is that you can offer them European football," he said. "That is important to players and I think that would be an added advantage. "If we didn't have it obviously that might be the difference between getting a good player or not. "We want to be involved and want to do well in it, but obviously the acquisition of players is paramount in pre-season and that might be the difference." He added: "We have got two scenarios and obviously we have planned accordingly for both eventualities. "Our only concern is that we have not been able commit to any pre-season tournaments or whatever because of the Europa League, which could hinder our pre-season preparation for the Premier League. "But we just have to bide our time and I would suggest that this time next week I think we would know officially. "Obviously we have to wait until the programme is finished, then they will add up the sums and tell us who has qualified. "The position of Tottenham is paramount in that. If they are fifth or sixth that has a bearing on whether or not we qualify." Jack Wilshere intends to work even harder next season as the young England midfielder looks to cement his place at the heart of the Arsenal team. The 19-year-old will have played more than half a century of matches for club and country by the time he finally gets to head off for a well-earned summer break, which is not likely to be until after the end of England's involvement at the European Under-21 Championship. Wilshere may now be an integral member of both the Gunners and Three Lions set-ups, but the teenager has no intentions of resting on his laurels. "My target at the start was to play 20-25 games. I have to keep working hard," Wilshere told the June edition of the official Arsenal magazine. "Next year I will set myself new targets and one of them will be to score more goals. I have only scored twice this season and that is not enough. "I used to score a lot in the youth team and there is no reason why I can't take that into the first team. "Above that, though, I have to keep my place in the Arsenal team. "I am still young, still learning and there is plenty of quality in the squad who can step in." The Gunners head to Craven Cottage with a sense of what might have been. A run of just two wins in the last 10 Barclays Premier League matches has seen Arsene Wenger's young squad slip back down the table to fourth, with FA Cup winners Manchester City now in the driving seat to claim automatic Champions League qualification. Wenger is in no doubt their cataclysmic collapse was sparked by the shock a last-minute loss to Birmingham in the Carling Cup final. Wilshere feels if things had gone differently at Wembley that fateful afternoon in late February, a great burden would have been lifted. "If you get that first trophy then you hope more will follow," he said. "It would bring a different sprit to the team, there is more happiness and you can be more relaxed when you go out there and play."

Formation:442Manager: Mark Hughes

Fulham

Formation: 433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Mark Schwarzer
  • Aaron Hughes
  • Philippe Senderos
  • Brede Hangeland
  • Matthew Briggs
  • Clint Dempsey
  • Steve Sidwell
  • Danny Murphy
  • Jonathan Greening
  • Bobby Zamora
  • Andrew Johnson
  • SUBS
  • David Stockdale
  • Carlos Salcido
  • Zoltan Gera
  • Dickson Etuhu
  • Eidur Gudjohnsen
  • Gael Kakuta
  • Simon Davies

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Match Report

Gunners end with draw Arsenal's season of frustration ended with a 2-2 draw at 10-man Fulham, which will leave the Gunners having to qualify for the Champions League. Steve Sidwell had swept the hosts in front in the 26th minute, only for Robin van Persie to quickly equalise. Bobby Zamora nodded the Cottagers back into the lead just before the hour with substitute Zoltan Gera shown a straight red card two minutes after coming on - but a late goal from Theo Walcott earned Arsenal a point as they finished fourth in the Barclays Premier League behind FA Cup winners Manchester City. The Gunners had won just twice in their previous 10 league matches as a campaign which promised so much quickly fell apart after defeat in the Carling Cup final against Birmingham at Wembley. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger left the field to chants of "spend some money" from the travelling support, who will expect much better next time around. Fulham saw most of the ball during the opening exchanges at a blustery Craven Cottage. When Jack Wilshere did pick out Samir Nasri with a chip into the Fulham box in the 10th minute the Frenchman, just back from a hamstring injury, could only loop a tame header goalwards. Arsenal's defence, so often their Achilles heel this season, played a very high line and were almost caught out when Andrew Johnson scampered clear, but was called back by a tight offside flag. The visitors almost snatched the lead when Bacary Sagna whipped over a deep cross to the far post, where fellow full-back Kieran Gibbs' downward header was clawed away by Mark Schwarzer, who came close to joining the Gunners in the summer. Fulham took the lead in the 26th minute when Arsenal defender Johan Djourou played Zamora onside as the England striker scampered away down the right before cutting the ball back to Sidwell, who drilled home from six yards. The lead, though, did not last long. Abou Diaby, so often an under-performer this season, won the ball in midfield, before playing a neat one-two with Marouane Chamakh to release Van Persie on the edge of the Fulham area. The in-form Dutchman needed no second invitation, killing the pass with his first touch before dispatching a low strike into the bottom left corner to level on 29 minutes and take his tally to nine in consecutive away games. Arsenal were, however, soon back on the defensive. Thomas Vermaelen produced a brilliant goal-line tackle after Danny Murphy had barged into the six-yard box and stabbed the ball past Wojciech Szczesny. At the start of the second half, Van Persie was booked for protesting after referee Martin Atkinson failed to award a foul when he was checked by Brede Hangeland. Schwarzer denied Arsenal again with another fine save, this time turning Nasri's goalbound free-kick over the crossbar. Fulham were back in the lead after 57 minutes when Jonathan Greening darted into the left side of the Arsenal box, before chipping the ball across goal where Zamora nodded in at the near post. Szczesny was off his line quickly to deny Zamora the chance to poke home a third as Arsenal were on the back foot. There was a let-off for Fulham, though, when Schwarzer spilled Van Persie's right-wing cross, but Chamakh could only stab the loose ball wide. Arsenal made a triple substitution on 64 minutes, replacing Aaron Ramsey with Walcott, Diaby with Andrey Arshavin and Gibbs with Emmanuel Eboue. With news filtering through of Manchester City taking a 2-0 lead at Bolton, Arsenal looked certain to finish fourth. Arshavin almost released Wilshere with a neat pass, but the ball just ran away from the England youngster. With 20 minutes left, Zamora, appearing to be carrying an injury, was replaced by Gera, who looks set to leave at the end of his contract this summer. The Hungarian was soon walking off again however after his lunging two-foot challenge on Vermaelen was punished with a straight red card after 74 minutes. With Fulham hoping to stay high in the Fair Play League table, and earn a chance at European football again in the summer, it could yet prove a costly dismissal. Arshavin flashed a low drive just wide, before Walcott levelled in the final minute when his shot went in off the far post.

Form Guide

    LDWWLW
  • Fulham
  • VS
  • Arsenal
  • DDLWLL

Last Meetings

  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 1
  • Fulham
  • 04/12/2010
  • Arsenal
  • 4 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 09/05/2010
  • Fulham
  • 0 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 26/09/2009
  • Arsenal
  • 0 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 28/02/2009
  • Fulham
  • 1 - 0
  • Arsenal
  • 23/08/2008
  • Fulham
  • 0 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 19/01/2008

Top Scorers

Fulham

  • CD Dempsey 11
  • B Hangeland 6
  • D Duff 4
  • S Davies 4
  • A Johnson 3
  • B Zamora 3
  • M Dembele 3
  • D Etuhu 2
  • C Baird 2
  • A Hughes 1
  • Z Gera 1
  • S Sidwell 1
  • G Kakuta 1

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 15
  • S Nasri 9
  • T Walcott 8
  • M Chamakh 7
  • A Arshavin 5
  • A Song 4
  • F Fabregas 3
  • V Diaby 2
  • N Bendtner 2
  • L Koscielny 2
  • S Squillaci 1
  • E Eboue 1
  • B Sagna 1
  • J Djourou 1
  • A Ramsey 1
  • J Wilshere 1

Goals

Fulham

    • Total goals 88
    • Goals per game 47
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 7 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 8 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Arsenal

    • Total goals 111
    • Goals per game 70
  • 7 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 10 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 9 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 10 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 12 (For) 10 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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